There’s just something wrong about a team that didn’t win its division getting a national championship berth while sitting on the couch.
Such was Alabama’s fate on Saturday. The Tide seemingly got to New Orleans without lifting a weight, running a lap or repping a play on the last day of the season. Look, I don’t have a Dawg in the hunt – neither does Georgia – but there is something weird about that.
All props to the Tide to getting to their second national championship game in three years. Alabama perhaps had the “best” loss of any team behind LSU. But the best thing Bama had going for it on Saturday was Nick Saban. There are worst spokesman to have.
As the regular season closes, the Power Poll is going with Oklahoma State at No. 2 and Bama at No. 3. We’ve got a month to debate. Fire away.
1. LSU – Closed out with combined 83-3 rallies against Arkansas and Georgia.
2. Oklahoma State – Won conference. Handed Bob Stoops his second-worst loss. Beat five ranked teams.
3. Alabama – Didn’t win division. Lost at home to LSU while missing four field goals and throwing two interceptions.
4. Stanford – Best era in Cardinal history? 23-2 last two seasons under two coaches. More than just Andrew Luck.
5. Arkansas – Please, Garrick McGee, you can do better than UAB.
6. Boise State – Kellen Moore lost three games in his career by a total of five points.
7. USC – Lane Kiffin, Pac-12 coach of the year.
8. Oregon – Time for Ducks to step up in third consecutive BCS bowl.
9. Wisconsin – Montee Ball’s 38 total touchdowns more than 52 teams.
10. Michigan – First Sugar Bowl since 1984?
11. South Carolina – Spurrier best coaching job of his career?
12. Kansas State – Look who finished second in the Big 12.
13. Virginia Tech – It’s called the ACC title game. Your supposed to show up for it.
14. Baylor – “I could be wrong but I think Baylor won its first Heisman tonight,” RGIII.
15. TCU – So Gary Patterson's defense didn’t finish No. 1. So what? Frogs rebound to win 10 in “off” year.
16. Southern Miss – Furious Bradley scoop and scored for Southern Miss. That should have been the first sign that Houston was in for an upset.
17. Houston – Looked distracted by coach’s job rumors. Looked entitled playing for CUSA at home.
18. Georgia – Should have stopped and taken team picture with “10-0” on the scoreboard in the background vs. LSU.
19. Clemson – Those are the Tigers we knew before November.
20. Oklahoma – Landry Jones slumped badly this season.
21. Michigan State – The wait for the Rose Bowl enters its 24<sup>th</sup> year.
22. Nebraska – DC Carl Pelini reportedly leaving for Florida Atlantic.
23. West Virginia – Yes, this is the Big East and, yes, this particular tri-champion is ranked.
24. Florida State – Looking back, Atlantic Division was decided on Sept. 24 in five-point loss at Clemson.
25. Cincinnati -- There’s a reason Butch Jones is getting all these job mentions.